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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour provided by RealNZ

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
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91% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
The tour includes a return boat ride across the lake
Duration:
2h 15m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
72
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h 15m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    72
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
On this guided tour of Te Anau's glowworm caves you'll learn all about the lives of these amazing little creatures, as well as the natural environment that hosts them. Start with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau to reach the caves, then spend 2 hours and 15 minutes inside with a knowledgeable guide. This is a fun and informative activity that both adults and kids will enjoy. Be sure to dress warm!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Chinese, French
Highlights
  • Hot beverages will be provided
  • Be amazed by the wonders of nature at Te Anau
  • Take a trip underground the safe way
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Chinese, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Hot beverages will be provided
  • Be amazed by the wonders of nature at Te Anau
  • Take a trip underground the safe way
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2264RJ400
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lake cruise on Lake Te Anau
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h 15m
Departure details
  • 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand Please be sure to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 72 travelers
Inclusions
  • Lake cruise on Lake Te Anau
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand Please be sure to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.
Duration
2h 15m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 72 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    85 Lakefront Drive
    85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
    Please be sure to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.
    See address & details
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    Te Anau Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    View glittering glowworms in an underground cave system.
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    Pass by
    Lake Te Anau
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
132 reviews
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Simbojnr
Christchurch, New Zealand108 contributions
Apr 2021
What an amazing experience. By chance saw this when booking Earnslaw so decided to make a day of it. Staying in Q'town it was a long day trip with the drive but so worth it. First you board a boat for a magical trip across lake Te Anau to get to the Glow Worm caves. Once across the lake the main group gets split up into smaller groups to go into the caves as the boat inside can only take around 12 people. I recommend not being one of the first groups to go into the caves, if you can have some patience it is worth it as then you get to watch the informative video about the glow worms before you go into the caves. There is free tea/coffee/hot chocolate provided and a few snacks you can buy. The actual caves were amazing, I wasn't sure what to expect but it was breathtaking, so well down .. just magical! Feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to visit this amazing experience. Thanks to the staff and skipper too, all very friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!
Written April 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

niamhs456
Auckland Central, New Zealand573 contributions
Great trip at the weekend
30 mins boat ride around te anau lake is fab ,beautiful lake and some great scenery on a clear day .the boat itself is nicely kitted out with clean bathroom and some hot or cold water full station to make tea or fill up.there is also plenty of information while on way about the lake and surrounding area.
Once you arrive at the caves it's a well run operation splitting the group so only 12 or so go in a group at a time to the caves . Broken into a 20 min presentation and tea group in the information center for two groups and two groups head into the caves
The information part is half video and guide with some fun commentary and then you can grab included tea or coffee and buy snacks like biscuit/bar. It was good fun and nice warm fireplace too and we were able to leave our bags whe out group went to the caves which is handy
The caves trip is about 20 mins or so (I can't really judge) beware of the entrance as it's very low down and you do have to bend over alot getting in on the walkway . Nice guided trip through the cave with info. Then the main part is a quieter( as you will be asked not to talk ) 5 /10 min boat ride in the dark a few inches at times from the worms . Not totally for the faint of heart as its super bumpy and pitch black. So beautiful and magical boat ride.highly recommend such a well run tour !!!
Written August 12, 2020
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JakeGedal
Boston, MA5 contributions
This was fun for a quick experience in Te Anau. Well organized, good communication, and the caves are beautiful.

When booking, just know that you’re not getting a few hours with the glow worms. You’re getting a shuttle on the lake for about an hour including return), a 20 minute presentation on glow worms, a short walk through the caves until you get to the glow worm experience, and maybe only 10-20 minutes with the glow worms (which is enough to get the beauty I think).

It was worth the price for us, but imagine it probably seems steep for what it is to a lot of people and gets expensive for big groups.
Written January 31, 2020
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sandee
15 contributions
May 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed this day. Drove from Te Anau to Manapouri and boarded cruise on Lake Manapouri, bus through the forest and then cruise on Doubtful Sound. Everything was well organised and all was accompanied by informative information on the area, history and interesting facts. Recommending this tour to any friends who are thinking of travelling to the area.
Written June 3, 2021
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Rob
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions
My family and I had a really enjoyable time on this tour, as our guide Julianna, was really lively, humorous and knowledgeable as she introduced the history of the caves and the lives of the glow worms at the briefing session and at various points during the tour.

As much as it sounds cliche, entering the caves brought us into it another world, starting off with an interesting entrance as we had to duck low or bend down for an initial short portion of the path before we were able to stand upright normally. We were then greeted by large, cavernous dark spaces with perpetually wet floors, trickling waters off the walls and the sound of roaring waters. Be prepared to get drenched slightly due to this.

When we got into the boat to see the glow worms, it was truly pitch dark as Julianna had promised, and most importantly and gratefully, no one used flash photography or spoke loudly. In fact, our boat of passengers was really great and the entire journey was peacefully quiet and we were able to enjoy the tranquil experience with the hundreds (thousands?) of bioluminescent glow worms throughout the entire stretch of the dark tunnel - it really made us feel like we were in a galaxy of stars that were so close to our boat!

It was a fantastic experience I would recommend, not just on a rainy day.
Written January 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bunny59
Ottawa, Canada210 contributions
A world heritage area. In scenic Fiordland. It rained the whole time but we were in a covered boat and then inside the cave; so the rain does not spoil the adventure. A half hour boat ride, with commentary on the area, was followed by a short walk through the cave entrance, and then a boat ride in the complete dark and silence to gaze at the amazing “tail lights” of the glow worms. They were a florescent blue. In places it was liking viewing the Milky Way. We saw two large eels in the shallow rushing waters at the cave entrance. After the cave experience, we entered a small photo museum where we watched a narrated slide show of the glow worm. The slides were magnified so that you actually see the glow worms making their fishing lines and gobbling their prey. Our narrator, named Harry, was excellent. He spoke fluent & clear English & added humour to his presentation; so we were very entertained. Great experience all should enjoy.
Written January 2, 2020
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Thank you for your wonderful review of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves and also your lovely comments about our nature guide, which we have passed on. We are so pleased you had a great experience with us - the team at Real Journeys.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jason T
Adelaide, Australia561 contributions
Jun 2021
It's a natural attraction so take it for what it is, it's not there to perform for our amusement. We left Teanau for the short ride out by boat to the caves say 30 min, there is a small briefing at the site advising of the do's and don'ts and from there on it's in we go.

Be aware you do have to bend down to enter and exit so if you are not able bodied you may struggle but don't stress too much. Once inside the caves the roar of the water is an amazing experience and it's then onto the glow worms. It's funny as they told us technically they are maggots but that's not a very enticing description so worms it is :) This worm area is traversed using small punts hand pulled through the darkness, you will lose track of direction etc. but just concentrate on those little lights and you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

The staff were amazing and both friendly and helpful!
Written August 10, 2021
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Scruffy0506
Sydney, Australia83 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We took our tour with Real Journeys, with whom we also did Doubtful Sound and were very happy with their service.

A bus and boat take you on the short trip to the caves where the tour begins with a brief visual presentation and commentary from a guide which I personally love because I like to have some knowledge about what I’m experiencing.

When you enter the caves there are a couple of areas where you need to duck quite low and I think my 6’2” husband would have had difficulty so if you are really tall, you need to be really limber.

After a short walk you reach the prime glow worm area and climb into a boat which is guided along the waterway by the guide and thus is where the magic happens. In pitch darkness you come upon a galaxy of tiny lights above and to the side of you. The multitude of pinprick incandescence is indescribable and beyond beautiful.

Just go. (Unfortunately there are no photos as photography in the caves is prohibited.)
Written March 5, 2020
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Kia Ora. Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star review about your magical Glowworm Caves experience with us. We think it's pretty unique and we are pleased you had a a great time. Enjoy the rest of your visit to our region. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
Written March 8, 2020
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Tayla m
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand13 contributions
Apr 2021
This was an amazing experience. In 2 hours we boated across Te Anau lake, went through natural caves and finally went on a beautiful glow worm boat tour. The tour guides and skipper was excellence. Overall the trip went above and beyond to make it amazing! 1000% recommend to friends :)
Written April 11, 2021
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The Gordon-Garretts
5 contributions
Mar 2021
This was a good experience. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed the boat ride to and from the caves. The time spent inside the caves themselves was not as long as we expected, but it was amazing to see glow worms up close.
Written March 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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